Crowds gathered at MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre to celebrate Easter last weekend and boy did they have fun! The Little Blue Heroes visited the Centre on Saturday with Garda Lisa Mullins and the Easter Bunny who presented them with presents, balloons and Easter eggs; while The Pantry Kilkenny and Jump Juice kindly donated some tasty treats!
Little Oisin was presented with his Little Blue Heroes uniform while others were issued with their graduation papers! After some facepainting, they finished off the day visiting the Nore valley Petting Zoo on the Mall joined by lots of doting animal lovers. The Little Blue Heroes are local children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness who have become Honorary Gardai and part of the Garda family. As heroes [to us] with the battles they face, these children have become Little Blue Heroes.
On Easter Monday, families enjoyed a whole host of entertainment including amazing fun shows and Easter Hunts with the Mad Hatter and Alice in Wonderland along with an Arts Wizard Hub, Facepainting and the Easter Bunny! The Mad Hatter commented after the day: “It was a pleasure to entertain for such wonderful groups and supported by Dominique’s energy and beaming presence. Thank you to the Centre, to all the children and families, and to Kilkenny for their warm welcome and fun; myself and Alice will definitely be back.”
Dominque Dumecz, Customer Experience Co-ordinator for the Centre, spoke of the excitement in MacDonagh Junction over the Easter weekend: “It was an amazing weekend and feedback from parents and children was brilliant. It’s so rewarding to see so many smiling faces captivated by all the performances throughout the Centre over the whole weekend.”
Little Blue Heroes Foundation is a not-for-profit charity operated entirely by volunteers (no paid staff) made up of Garda members/staff, retired Garda members, their families, friends and civic minded people from communities. It aims to help families in need from local communities in Ireland who have children undergoing long-term medical treatment for serious illness.